The Bull's Head was erected on land owned by the Lench's Trust, a charitable organisation established in 1525 by the tanner William Lench. The Lench's Trust, then leased the pub to Ansell’s brewery for most of the 20th century.
The pub is now known simply as The Bull but, historically, the pub was known as the Bull's Head. Tthe Bull's Head is in the heart of Birmingham's historic gun quarter, just a short walk from the Gunmakers Arms these two pubs have survived the bulldozer. Much of the internal of the pub remains the present owner/manager has furnished the pub in old fashioned English pub in keeping to the history.
In my painting the tall buildings behind the pub are shown however with the development of the St Chad’s Queenway the bulldozers moved in and cleared land at least the pub was spared and now it stands isolation, surrounded by a car park.
For more details on the history I would recommend you reading the article http://www.midlandspubs.co.uk/birmingham/price-street/bulls-head.htm
To the left is Lightwood & Sons Ltd an impressive typical of Georgian architectural style.
This company goes back to 1885, manufactured and sold everything you could imagine for reloading, loading and shooting guns of all kinds. shotguns, air rifles, cleaning kits, cartridge reloaders, belts, gun cases, shotgun covers, holsters, dog collars, skeet traps, decoy calls, shooting clothing (including rain suits, waterproof coats, headgear, gloves, and mittens). Including, coasters, dishes, Jewellery, plates, and tankards.
My painting was inspired by a photo taken in 1963, by Phyllis Nicklin, my composition with artist license shows more of the Bull’s Head, with Our Lady and her sweetheart having a romantic cuddle outside the pub.
My painting is named after a song from Birmingham Brumbeat band Blackfoot Sue of the 1960’s, “Standing in the Street” the song was a hit in 1971 for the band. It seemed appropriate to remind ourselves Birmingham have a strong music base a forgotten band of the 1960’s & 70’s with our Sweethearts just standing in the street, hope the guys don’t mind naming this painting after them.
If you remember them just look at this website http://www.blackfootsue.com/